While South Africa should pay careful attention to all its existing trade and economic relations, particular attention should go to its intra-African economic relations.
The US bid to impose so-called 'snapback' sanctions on Iran was roundly rejected by the UN security council.
A more explicit emphasis on the national interest may encourage donor countries to play ‘the long game’ in Africa.
António Guterres, the UN secretary general, called for a global ceasefire in late March. Three months later, the UN security council has only just agreed to back it.
Canada sees itself as a peacekeeper and an independent voice in global affairs. The recent vote for a seat on the UN Security Council shows the world doesn't agree with that image.
Canada's recent failure to gain a seat on the UN Security Council indicates the country still has work to do but also highlights the need to reform the powerful body.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has campaigned hard to get Canada a seat at the UN Security Council but a variety of factors may thwart him.
Unless member states try to solve the contradictions in expectations, UN peacekeeping will not be fit for purpose in the future.
The number of personnel deployed in UN peacekeeping has slowly been decreasing.
The independent strategic review, now before the Security Council, recognises many of the challenges ahead. But it appears overly sanguine about what can be achieved within a three-year period.
The sheer volume of pregnant women in the refugee camps was an early indicator of the extent sexual violence was used against Rohingya women and girls.
The country has not had a seat at the Security Council table for 24 years.
The US has historically asked for international support when brewing conflicts in the Middle East boiled over.
Cameroon's English speaking people suffer gross marginalisation and are treated as second-class citizens by the Francophone government.
Brazil's deforestation rate is back up. The UN Security Council has three main options.
Election to the Security Council is prestigious for member states because it gives them a seat at the highest table of global decision-making.
Cooperation with the Sudanese government to try al-Bashir could amount to legitimising those who themselves have been implicated in genocide
As of March 1, the UN Security Council has been presided by two countries, France and Germany. It could be one of the few positive consequences of Brexit for the EU.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has committed South Africa to prioritising human rights and democracy. But, there's little evidence of this.
For decades, international law did not allow one country to attack another that was using chemical weapons on its own people without UN approval. That’s changed, which means trouble for Syria.